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Grateful Dead Live at Reunion Arena on 1988-10-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Reunion Arena on 1988-10-21

Topics Live concert

Let The Good Times Roll, Feel Like A Stranger-> Franklin's Tower, Walkin' Blues, Believe It Or Not, Memphis Blues, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Jack Straw Wang Dang Doodle, Victim Or The Crime-> Foolish Heart, Women Are Smarter-> Drums-> Space-> I Will Take You Home-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> All Along The Watchtower-> Stella Blue-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Brokedown Palace

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Reunion Arena
Location Dallas, TX

Source SBD -> Dat
Lineage Dat (Sony R500) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude v7.02 Professional -> FLAC (First 3 songs patched from different sbd)
Taped by
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Recording Info:
SBD -> Dat; Transfer Info:Dat (Sony R500) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude v7.02 Professional -> FLAC
(3 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC); Transferred and Edited By Charlie Miller


Reviewer: kee-zee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2013
Subject: To show that I love you...
Pretty good sound here! I love the Stranger and it makes for a crazy,crazy night!! I'm with gdjake in "Believe It or Not" shoulda been kept in the rotation..I like it's placement in the 1st set and I also enjoyed the Jack Straw to close the set..Not one of my favorite song line-ups in the 2nd..but solid! so please>GIVE IT A WHIRL>Forever Grateful>Forever Dead!!!!!!@@@ LIFER!!
Reviewer: gdjake - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2008
Subject: Nice show overall....
...and to "joboyaquer" (did I get that right?) I agree that "Franklins" isnt presented effectively vocally, but it is NOT because Bobby doesnt "get" that there's no chorus after "...listen to the music play" but rather because Jerry fumbles the lyrics and sings that verse out of sequence. Actually, I think Bob was trying to save it with the chorus, but no one else jumped in.

Anyway, very nice show overall from a high point in the bands long career. "Believe it or Not" is a gem IMHO, and shouldve stayed in the repertoire.
Sure, its simple musically, but so is "Standing on the Moon" and many other Jerry ballads.

And finally, I must say that I liked "Wang" and "Victim" to open set II, and the rest of the set also has a nice groove to it and plenty of tempo changes to keep you on your feet. Tight playing from the boys all night. 4 star setlist, 4 star sound, 4 star performance.

Reviewer: Clay Gough - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2008
Subject: My First Show
Drove up from Austin. The weather was fantastic, sunny and maybe 70 with no humidity. We drove right past the venue with the parking lot happening and then ran out of gas getting to north Dallas to pick up my buddy's girlfriend. We got back late and missed openers. I was steamed. Anyway didn't get dosed until halftime when some guy walked by me in the lobby advertising "musical notes." It was Brent's birthday and he was toasted, fell off his piano bench. I liked the Woman Are Smarter and Franklin's Tower. The Brokedown Palace was fitting as it was the final show of that tour. Not at all bad first Dead show!
Reviewer: Enlightened Deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2006
Subject: GD Hour
Gans played some tunes from this show on gd hour somtime in 90 maybe.... I taped it off the radio and replayed it maybe a few hundred times before acquiring new dead tunes. Thus my first impression of the dead was this show heard at high volumes in a frat house pool room. Duprees, Wang Dang Doodle, Jack Straw, Watchtower, Stella, and Sugar Mag.....since then I have been initiated into the deadhead community after quiting college temporarily to go on tour. Coming back to this show after years and years makes me realize how magic a first listen of the dead can be for ripe ears. 10-21-88...has its moments of blue lightning and whisky, tragedy, and revelation. What strikes me about this recording is the Jack Straw. It still gives me goosebumps some eons later after logging hours and hours and hours and hours and hours of dead. It hooked me: who was this character? Soon I would be occupying Robert Hunter's alternative universe.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 25, 2006
Subject: Dead do Dallas
Ummm...where did Houston's 10/20 go? Are they planning on selling that stream as well? Oy... "money makes the world go round, the world go round, the world go round...'

1st Set: A chilled out pokey "LTGTR" opens up the final evening of Fall '88. The rhythm's kosher on "Stranger" but there's not much fire behind the performance. The lyrical presnetation of "Franklin's" is too passive for my liking - words are forgotten and Bobby still doesn't get that there is no chorus after 'let the music play' Bobby's got a good voice on "Walkin" but it's all still too innocuous. Kinda cool metpahor I'm thinkin of... a wheel/wrench haning by a string off an offroading car... however the bumps in this version aren't nearly that fun. Let's face it, "Believe" is too bland musically to be a survivor. "Memphis Blues" is fine but a bit too loose...the song discusses individual ennui and therefore it should be played with rigidity and tightness. Jerry's so funny... hearing savor reciting the words 'sweet sweet...jelly's so good' so much depth to his well of feeling. The version's standard. Alright, Mr. "Jack." Phil's pitter-pat keeps the version alive through the dull moments in the 3's but everyone comes alive 4 and beyond. Nice but not an all-timer.

2nd Set: The first note out of Phil's instrument during the tune-up is the first note of "Dark..." yea yea yea, we've still got about a year til that one is allwoed to take flight again. Anyways, a morbid "Happy Birthday" is offered the youngster...a whopping 36 today. "Happy Birthday Brentski." Welcome back Mr. "Wang" It's not as slinky as some of the best versions but I like how acquainted Bobby is with the tune. He snarls it with an undeniable strength. Hmmm...I thought they would continue with a partying tune like 'China,' but instead Bobby chooses to infuse our bones with his most deliberately evil tune, "Victim." It's a fair run through but filled with plenty of sound effects from Brent. Seemingly, it cannot be played unless "Foolish" follows. Unfortunately, Jerry's barely a vocal presence, the words are in his mind, he just can't project. Gotta dig when Brent uses the harpsichord (around 6:00) The song appears to wind down around 8:00 but Jerry and the percussionists stretch it out and manage to get through the final verse. The past couple of shows reviewed should convey that Jerry is not at the top of his game. Moving on, "Man Smart" lacks fire, too tame and lethargic the light, uptempo drumming at 6:30. "Drums/Space" pass without novelty though the latter involved some hyper twirling from myself. Brent gets the chance to sing his reassuring lullabye "Take You Home." It's better than the last time I heard it. Then comes the riff and a pretty good version of "GDTRFB." It definitely gets those feet swinging setting up the Phillerific "Watchtower" that follows. Everything comes together in this liltingly lovely "Stella." An infectious but choppy "Sugar" closes out the show. Sirens and loud cheers await their re-entrance...

Fittingly, the tour ends with a fine "Breakdown."

3 stars
Reviewer: Matty Kid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2005
Subject: Another Solid Show
No way to download it because they took all of the SBDs offline.

Nice beats, enjoy listening to it.
Reviewer: JackChester - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2005
Subject: Dead Dallas
After seeing the band for a solid 15 years at the time of this show sadly, it was my last Grateful Dead show.. What wonderful memories.

Nice to see my run with Jerry end with a Sugar Mag and Brokedown Palace.

Can anyone help with exactly how I would go about downloading this show?or is my question is what all the fuss is about?
Reviewer: MikeB. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2005
Subject: Hisssss
Nice sound.
Solid dynamics.
But one hell of a hiss on those first three tunes
One hell of a Jack Straw.
Reviewer: exene - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2005
Subject: very nice
I was at this show, the only Dead show I've ever attended. Naturally, I don't remember much of the actual concert, but I sure had a fun time! Great set, nice to find such a clear recording. Excellent version of Stella Blue (now that one I do remember from the show).
Reviewer: bonk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2005
Subject: nice upgrade
this source sounds way better than the other
Sbd source!!!
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